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Zambia FlagAGOA Status: Zambia is eligible for AGOA this year. It also qualifies for textile and apparel benefits. Zambia hosted the 10th Annual AGOA Forum in Lusaka in June 2011.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which includes Zimbabwe, signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 2001.

U.S. Zambia-Trade Facts

Zambia is currently our 145th largest goods trading partner with $210 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2012. Goods exports totaled $147 million; Goods imports totaled $63 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zambia was $84 million in 2012.


Zambia was the United States’ 142nd largest goods export market in 2012. 

U.S. goods exports to Zambia in 2012 were $147 million, up 13.2% ($17 million) from 2011. 

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2012 were: Machinery ($69 million), Vehicles ($28 million), Rubber ($14 million), Special Other (low value shipments) ($10 million), and Aircraft ($6 million). 

U.S. exports of agricultural products to Zambia totaled $2 million in 2012.


Zambia was the United States’ 136th largest supplier of goods imports in 2012. 

U.S. goods imports from Zambia totaled $63 million in 2012, a 33.2% increase ($16 million) from 2011. 

The five largest import categories in 2012 were: Other Base Metals (cobalt) ($31 million), Precious Stones (emeralds) ($29 million), Special Other (returns) ($2 million), Spices, Coffee and Teas (coffee) ($383 thousand), and Wood ($94 thousand). 

U.S. imports of agricultural products from Zambia totaled 470 thousand in 2012.

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zambia was $84 million in 2012, a 1.7% increase ($1 million) over 2011.


U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Zambia (stock) was $144 million in 2012, a 10.8% increase from 2011. 

There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Zambia. 

Zambia FDI in the United States (stock) was $6 million in 2012. 

There is no information on Zambia FDI in the U.S.


*NOTE: No services trade data with Zambia is available.